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Hey guys,

I've been searching the web for a few days now and I feel like I've read 100 threads about 570GTX issues but I have not found one with my exact problem that offers a solution.

Basically, I've had a 570GTX for some time now, decided to get another for SLI (and so I can run 3 monitors for multi-screen gaming).

Bought it, then plugged it in, connected the SLI bridge and checked device manager, both are recognized fine, uninstalled Nvidia drivers, restarted, reinstalled Nvidia drivers, restarted... I go to the Nvidia Setting panel and turn on SLI and I get a little window that says "Applying Settings" then my resolution goes to 640x480 and the Nvidia Settings window is "Not Responding" and has to be force closed. After this happens, one of the cards in Device Manager says "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)".

Both of the cards work fine when they are alone, but SLI does not seem to be an option! I'd really like this to get going so any help will be repped and appreciated!
Edited by bartista - 3/10/12 at 2:15pm
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Hey guys,
I've been searching the web for a few days now and I feel like I've read 100 threads about 570GTX issues but I have not found one with my exact problem that offers a solution.
Basically, I've had a 570GTX for some time now, decided to get another for SLI (and so I can run 3 monitors for multi-screen gaming).
Bought it, then plugged it in, connected the SLI bridge and checked device manager, both are recognized fine, uninstalled Nvidia drivers, restarted, reinstalled Nvidia drivers, restarted... I go to the Nvidia Setting panel and turn on SLI and I get a little window that says "Applying Settings" then my resolution goes to 640x480 and the Nvidia Settings window is "Not Responding" and has to be force closed. After this happens, one of the cards in Device Manager says "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)".
Both of the cards work fine when they are alone, but SLI does not seem to be an option! I'd really like this to get going so any help will be repped and appreciated!

Possibly not enough juice from the PSU to run them both. That's what my guts say.
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Possibly not enough juice from the PSU to run them both. That's what my guts say.

Thanks for your reply!

I just bought a new PSU (upgrading from a cooler master 900W "ultimate" to this corsair 1050W pro series), because I thought the same thing...

I am using 4 6-pin PCI-E connectors for the 2 cards, and it came with a total of 8 6+2 pin PCI-E power connectors so I would assume it could handle it. Do you think that it is still not enough juice?
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Thanks for your reply!
I just bought a new PSU (upgrading from a cooler master 900W "ultimate" to this corsair 1050W pro series), because I thought the same thing...
I am using 4 6-pin PCI-E connectors for the 2 cards, and it came with a total of 8 6+2 pin PCI-E power connectors so I would assume it could handle it. Do you think that it is still not enough juice?

Actually you should have no problem with that I'd think. Seems pretty solid but you can always check it out with HWMonitor or something like that to just watch the voltages under load and what not. If you have 8 PCI-E connectors, there are probably two separate rails with 4 each (guessing here) but you might make sure you're using both rails and don't have all 4 PCI-E connectors drawing on the same rail.
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PSU is not your problem.

The way you worked through the drivers is what confuses me.

You should just be able to download the latest WHQL drivers from Nvidia and perform a clean install using that installer. Make sure both cards are seated properly as well.
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These guys at Guru3D only recommend 750-800 watts for SLI 570s. So the 900 watt should have been sufficient.http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-review/13
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there are probably two separate rails with 4 each (guessing here) but you might make sure you're using both rails and don't have all 4 PCI-E connectors drawing on the same rail.

Good thought! I was hopeful when I saw that, but I looked it up:

"The immensely powerful single +12V rail also simplifies installation, as you don’t have to worry about which +12V rail is connected to each component in your PC, as with multi-rails PSUs."

Source: http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units/professional-series-power-supply-units/professional-series-hx1050-80plus-silver-certified-modular-power-supply.html


Any other thoughts? I've been scratching my head all day on this one...
post #8 of 17
Are all your drivers up to date? Chipset, mobo, BIOS up to date etc? I've read about people having similar issues because of things like Realtek LAN drivers being out of date.
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Good thought! I was hopeful when I saw that, but I looked it up:
"The immensely powerful single +12V rail also simplifies installation, as you don’t have to worry about which +12V rail is connected to each component in your PC, as with multi-rails PSUs."
Source: http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units/professional-series-power-supply-units/professional-series-hx1050-80plus-silver-certified-modular-power-supply.html
Any other thoughts? I've been scratching my head all day on this one...

Yeah, they really got me there. Sorry that wasn't the solution... I thought it was a good guess too. doh.gif

So... have you tried reinstalling the drivers fresh and clean with only one of them installed? I'm going back through your process in my mind and just trying to think what I'd be sure I'd done. 1) absolutely clean wipe of drivers 2) reinstall drivers with only one GPU installed 3) install 3rd GPU and 4) SLI activation.

My experience with multi-gpu setups was very short lived so I'm shooting from the hip here. I wish I had the magic bullet for you! rolleyes.gif
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Is SLI showing up as an option in the Nvidia CP?
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